Milwaukee brunch guide
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The Monday through Friday grind hardly allows time for bacon, eggs and hash browns in the morning. And even if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down in a hurry.
That's where weekend brunches come in. Forget that alarm clock, catch some zzzzz's and savor a hearty breakfast at these Milwaukee-area restaurants when you wake up. If we've forgotten your favorite brunch spot, please add it to the list with the talkback feature!
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
A commanding view of Lake Michigan makes this the perfect Sunday champagne brunch spot. The menu features upscale specialties like steak tartare, salade Niçoise and omelette du jour (a three egg omelet with bacon and potatoes).
Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878
Brunch makes an appearance at Beans and Barley every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can pick from infinite egg items: poached, omelets, scrambled, benedict and even tofu scramblers. Breakfast burritos, almond French toast, a lox plate and pancakes are also served.
216 S. 2nd St., (414) 223-0903
Black Sheep is proving that it is so much more than just a wine bar with its weekend brunch. The menu has multiple Milwaukee classics, like hot ham and rolls. Want to switch it up a bit? Try the breakfast chimichanga! There are also some really tasty brunch cocktails. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg is one of the few places in town where you'll find brunch (complete with breakfast cocktails) seven days a week. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the menu carries omelets and benedicts throughout the day. Specialties include stuffed "Blue's Browns," house-made corned beef and pulled ham, savory French toast, vegetarian options, salads, sandwiches and much more, with everything made from scratch.
1023 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 800-6240
Brass Alley is here to satisfy your New Orleans cravings, night or day! This eclectic brunch include a live jazz as you indulge in some of that Cajun goodness. The menu includes beauties like the Nawlin' scrambler, barbecue shrimp and grits and blueberry cornmeal pancakes. You can't beat that!
The Brick Pub & Grill
6343 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, (414) 797-0710
Head over to the Brick Pub and Grill, where traditions are built, to experience a tasty brunch. Available on Sunday's, their brunch menu includes Skippy's steak and eggs, a southwest skillet, the cinnamon brick (a take on the morning bun) – you know, the classics. Brunch begins at 9 a.m.
800 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, 414) 224-7773
Brunch is, well, all about bruch as it's a restaurant specializing in everyone's favorite morning meal, Opened in late June of 2016, it's perched on the corner of Wells St. and Plankinton at 800 N. Plankinton Ave. on the first floor of the Cawker Building. Pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a mac and cheese omelettes, Valentine coffees and more. Bright, cheery and right Downtown too.
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
Don't miss indulging in a leisurely brunch at this cozy spot just around the corner from Cathedral Square. Options include classic lox and bagel, an ultimate poutine and seasonal pop tarts, along with classics like croque monsieur and eggs Benedict. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-7076
Specializing in soups, salads, vegetarian fare and sandwiches, as well as weekly specials, Cafe 1505 serves up an excellent brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Also available are mimosas and handmade Bloody Marys.
Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St., (414) 272-0515
There's old-school brunch and breakfast goodness at the Plaza's cafe. Featuring fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients, guests can enjoy made-from-scratch dishes like The Scrambler or a make-your-own omelet while enjoying The Plaza's classic Art Deco architecture. Open for brunch Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7700 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700
From 8 a.m. t0 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Cafe Bavaria serves a slew of delicious brunch items such as pretzel French toast, egg and sausage potato pancakes, a variety of omelets, build-your-own smashed burgers, and more. Wash all of this down with a selection of specialty Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Café Benelux & Market
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
This brunch offers various items like the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, cinnamon streusel French toast and a delicious quinoa skillet, along with an impressive 40-page bier menu. Make this café, fashioned after the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, a Milwaukee brunch hot spot Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
Cafe Centraal's brunch puts a fun spin on all the classics, including omelets, waffles, French toast and benedicts. Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., check the menu for details because the menu is slightly different depending on the day. Many dishes can be made without meat, too.
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
2394 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 544-2774
The tiny Riverwest restaurant has added a new location in Bay View and brunch is well worth the wait. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is a mixture of Latin-infused specialties and classic favorites. Cafe Corazon prides itself on using locally grown ingredients, including beef and seasonal produce from their family farm, Richway Acres. The brunch drink menu offers a "beermosa" (orange juice and Pabst Blue Ribbon) along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
Café Hollander's specialty might be Belgian brews, but it also does a pretty good job with brunch. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe offers such dishes as the Hot Mess skillet, with three scrambled eggs, thick-cut bacon, sausage, Black Forest ham, Hollander potatoes, tomatoes, Belgian bier cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. The Wauwatosa location offers a slightly different menu, but with the same appealing East Side swagger.
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Enjoy Lulu's delicious brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Choose from a limited variety of popular sandwiches or opt for a Half-Pound Heart Attack hamburger. Order one of the specialty scrambles or just basic eggs and toast.
Canal Street Cafe at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-8510
Get your breakfast (or brunch) on any day of the week between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Canal Street Cafe. The menu includes classic comfort food breakfast classics like omelettes, biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash along with mimosas, Bloody Marys and more.
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
Take the opportunity to check out Casablanca on Sundays for its brunch buffet. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet offers a wide variety of meats (lamb, chicken and beef), sweets such as stuffed falafel, as well as vegetarian options.
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
Probably one of the only places in town to fold authentic crepes, you can have "brunch" at Chez Jacques Tuesday through Sunday. Fresh-baked croissants complement sweet or savory crepes and a list of quiches.
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
This East Side favorite serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Comet's menu includes brunch classics as well as many vegetarian and vegan options. Order off the specials board for adventurous takes on classic brunch fare, and don't forget to check out the vegan baked goods. Bloody Marys, with or without bacon, are their specialty.
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 291-2655
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coquette Café serves up everything from Mediterranean Eggs Benedict, to a fennel sausage and roasted mushroom pizza. The French approach to food makes this a deliciously impressive brunch experience.
Devon Seafood and Steak
5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 967-9790
Conveniently located at Bayshore Town Center, Devon Seafood and Steak offers a brunch buffet on Sundays. This buffet includes an omelet, carving, fresh seafood, sashimi, Belgian waffle and dessert station. Entrees include classic breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, sausage links and applewood-smoked bacon, and unusual brunch items like shrimp enchiladas and Thai chicken wings.
1230 E. Brady St., (414) 226-6640
This new Brady Street staple is offering brunch to the masses on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes bagels and lox, a frittata, flank and eggs, and more.
Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
For weekend brunch, Engine Company No. 3 aims to keep it farm fresh with locally sourced ingredients that make up the varied menu. From savory sweets like pumpkin spice pancakes and Earl Grey French toast to smoked salmon benedict, spaghetti squash carbonara and Wisconsin omelets. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 345-5015
Envoy is always here for your sophisticated dining needs, and their brunch surely keeps the trend going. Enjoy dishes like the crawfish etouffee benedict, or the cinnamon brulee French toast. They also offer healthy substitutes for those who need it. The award-winning, small plate chef serves up this amazing brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
W349 N5293 Lacy's Ln., Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
A bit of a drive from downtown, Golden Mast is known as one of the old school formal and full brunch purveyors. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne, choice of fruit juice or coffee, tea or milk.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
When you're up and ready to go on Sunday, head on over to Bay View and start your day with brunch at Goodkind. Try the bacon and cheddar risotto, Szechuan ginger beer scones, polenta madame, whipped tofu and more! With your meal, sip on one of the specialty cocktails on the menu. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900
Harbor House is offering a tasty brunch to all on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $39.95, you get lots of options from a chilled seafood and salad, breakfast, lunch and dessert tables. Options include, fresh oysters and clams, made to order benedicts, lobster pot pie and a homemade key lime pie.
Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
Harry's Sunday brunch includes items such as breakfast pasta, Thai crab cake benedict, Belgian waffles, smothered steak and eggs, homemade corned beef hash and much more.
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 220-8090
The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu features items such as corned beef benedict, bourbon-battered challah French toast and the Brunch Burger, made with a fried egg, bacon, American cheese and caramelized onions.
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
Despite rave reviews for lunch and dinner, when Honeypie opened in 2009, fans claimed, if you really want the goods, you've got to go for brunch. Expanding on sister restaurant Comet's infamous menu, you can load up with specialties like the seasonal quiche of the day, buttermilk biscuits and gravy or the scallops benedict. Best part? You'll find the brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hotch Spot
1813 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 727-2122
Formerly Hotch-a-do, The Hotch Spot serves up brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Stop in for breakfast and a game of Monopoly or checkers on one of their board game tabletops. Or linger for Sunday Funday specials at this '80s and '90s retro-style bar and restaurant.
Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., (414) 332-4207
Help yourself to the Hubbard Park Lodge's all-you-can-eat Lumberjack Brunch every Sunday. In addition to pancakes, enjoy fresh doughnuts, an omelet bar or fresh fruit and cereal. On Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day the brunch menu is considerably expanded.
Il Mito Enoteca
6913 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-1414
Who says a delicious, hearty breakfast can't be classy and well-presented, too? Served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., their brunch is the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, plating up heaping helpings of eggs and waffles, internationally inspired dishes and more. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar makes waking up worthwhile. Gluten-free and children's options are also available.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 291-4793
Located on the second floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Kil@wat is making a name for itself with both travelers and locals. Stop in for brunch on Saturday or Sunday to try eight different egg favorites or small twists on classic waffles, French toast and pancakes.
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011
Sunday brunch is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy an array of classic favorites like omelets and pancakes, or branch out and try the scrumptious smoked salmon Benedict or the andouille sausage omelet.
2378 S. Howell Ave., (414) 988-7086
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lazy Susan serves up a rotating brunch menu that includes challah French toast, Swiss chard pancakes, mini doughnuts, quiche and much more.
801 N. Jefferson St., (414) 273-4224
With weekend brunches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Louise's pulls out French toasts, frittatas and more all in the shadows of beautiful Cathedral Square. Everything is served with Potatoes Louise and fresh fruit.
1041 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377
Mader's serves German dishes and continental specialties. The Sunday brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers an open buffet with authentic German dishes like sauerbraten and 'wursts intermingled with more traditional breakfast items, soups, pastas, cheese, fruits and desserts.
Mad Rooster Cafe
4401 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 231-9120
Start your Sunday morning with the Mad Mary or a Mimosa and the Mad Rooster Cafe. Travel the country by tasting the homemade Greek yogurt, the Espanola omelet, the Venetian Benedict or any of the sumptuous selection offered for brunch. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., get your fill of this madly delicious food.
4914 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
The Irish-themed McBob's offers a daily Celtic Breakfast, with options such as corned beef hash, eggs Benedict, stuffed omelets and something alluringly called The McRobert's Plaid. Check website for breakfast / brunch times, which vary.
240 E Pittsburgh Ave., (414) 645-0240
Looking for something a bit different for brunch? Try Merriment Social. The fun, casual atmosphere is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends while trying great, creative house-made fare. Among the many unique aspects of the restaurant are the hot and cold carts (reminiscent of dim sum) that are rolled through the restaurant, offering up tasty sweet rolls, muffins and other treats (priced $4-5 each).
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 774-9782
Holidays only. Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Call for specifics on brunch at Mo's Irish Pub.
524 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-5300
On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the food and drinks of Spain for brunch at Movida. Get your meal started with a chef's board of imported cheeses, sourdough with tomato spread or a beet salad. For your main course, choose from a selection of Spanish omelets, suckling pig benedicts, chicken waffles, torrijas, sandwiches and more.
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
The National is probably one of the best cafes in this town. Offering affordable options for breakfast and lunch daily, it features classic Milwaukee favorites like a breakfast burrito, French toast, omelet or tofu scramble. Perfect for everyday eating, they have healthier options, too. It also serves fresh, organic juices and various types of coffee.
North Avenue Grill
7225 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-7225
North Avenue provides the breakfast of champions in Wauwatosa, and it's definitely worth the venture. The breakfast offers a number of "sammies," such as the Hot Porky and the egg-white and cheese. Try the Wolf omelet or the South of the Border quesadilla.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
O'Lydia's serves Saturday and Sunday brunch, featuring hair-of-the-dog bloodies, omelettes made to order, the O'Lydia's Breakfast Club, eggs Benedict and everything in between. ￼
The Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 431-5055
Everything from eggs to omelets to cereals and waffles make an appearance on the menu, but don't miss the specialty pancakes. Pick from buttermilk, buckwheat, potato, Swedish, dollar size or traditional, plus every topping you can imagine: pecans, strawberries, blueberries – and yes, bacon.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Just as tasty, veggie and deep-fried as the regular menu, Palomino serves a great hangover brunch with options like a build-your-own scrambler and breakfast tacos. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.
424 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 935-5942
Experience one of the city's ultimate buffet-style brunches on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rogue dining room of the historic Pfister Hotel. With multiple carving stations, made to order pasta and omelette stations, a mimosa and signature Bloody Mary bar and over forty unforgettable items to choose from, surely appetites will be satisfied. Brunch items also available at the cozy Cafe at The Pfister.
2498 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 964-5720
6715 W. North Ave., 414-607-1045
Red Dot is offering a hearty brunch that will blow your mind! Menu options include items like breakfast poutine, a prime rib benedict and a breakfast burrito. They also offer $5 Bloody Marys on Saturdays, and $3 Mimosas and beermosas on Sundays. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Riverwest Co-op and Cafe
733 E. Clarke St., (414) 264-7933
The Riverwest Cafe serves breakfast seven days a week, and is open at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Using local and organic produce and goods as often as possible, the cafe offers brunch staples like pancakes, French toast and breakfast scrambles. Most entrees can be made vegan.
2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-4848
The menu is short and simple, but oh, so sweet. Choose from a list of authentic Mexican breakfasts including egg scrambles, omelets or specialties. Oh, and don't miss the margaritas, mimosas or Bloody Marias of course.
223 N. Water St., (414) 220-9933
You might wonder, pizza for brunch? Yep, that's the idea at Rustico. Starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays, Rustico flips the menu and offers standard fare like eggs, fritattas and French toast and stuffed pancakes.
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
You'll get a healthy portion of everything meaty at Saz's. Served all-you-can-eat style, pick from a long list of chef-carved entrees, omelets, desserts, champagne and Bloody Marys. Eat every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Simple Cafe Milwaukee
2124 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 271-2124
Banana nut oat pancakes. A turkey, butternut squash and brussels sprouts hash. A Korean BBQ breakfast bowl. It's hard to make a wrong selection at Simple Cafe Milwaukee, and with the selection of local coffee, this should definitely be on any foodies brunch list under places-to-try.
332 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 431-1119
Indulge in your favorite hearty meals at the Smoke Shack's satisfying brunch! You'll find great selections on their menu such as a pulled pork benedict, sweet potato pancakes and fried chicken 'n' poblano waffles. Don't forget their signature cocktails like the Bloody Jack, which is a signature Bloody Mary made with Jack Daniel's. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Smyth @ The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 813-4615
Smyth's Route 66 Brunch Buffet features favorites from along the Mother Road, like blueberry crepes and mushroom and spinach strata, and made-to-order signature items like prime rib and Belgian waffles. A clever cocktail list matches the menu. Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Story Hill BKC
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can enjoy hangover cures such as the Mango Cider Bellini and Mexican Mocha. You can sample delicious dishes from traditional french crepes, the salivating Shakshouka, a tasty Greek yogurt panna cotta or the simple Quark and Bread.
Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 763-6324
From sweet to savory and everything in between, you'll find hangover cures like the banana creme brulee waffle, RumChata-marinated French toast or Brad's hangover burger topped with cheddar, bacon, tomato jam and an over-easy egg. If those choices don't float your boat, opt for the skinny omelet, or the tenderloin Benedict. Sunday brunch is offered beginning at 10 a.m.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033
Choose from just nine traditional Irish entrees like corned beef hash, Bailey's Irish Cream-dipped French toast or the Irish breakfast. Try Trinity's version of a Bloody Mary, complete with a splash of Guinness or a blend of Irish whiskey and hot coffee.
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Nothing beats brunch on the patio on Saturdays and Sundays. But, even if you have to eat indoors, Trocadero is the place to be. While there's plenty to choose from, you won't go wrong if you opt for the fresh berry crepes or buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Don't forget to wash things down with one of its signature Bloody Marys, including the Frenchie, which was called one of the country's best by the Wall Street Journal.
2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593
The Vanguard is a fun bar featuring creatively executed sausages and sides along with solid craft cocktails, an impressive beer list and a nice collection of well curated bourbon, whiskey and scotch. Can you say Sunday Funday? Open for lunch, dinner and late-night eats seven days a week (along with brunch on Sundays), there's nary a time you won't be able to get your fix.
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
Water Buffalo has a brunch to remember in store for you and yours. The brunch menu offers a broad variety of items like bruleed banana french toast, crab cake benedict, shrimp and grits, and even a meatloaf benedict! Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Water Street Brewery
1101 N. Water St., (414) 272-1195
2615 Washington St., Grafton (262) 375-2222
3191 Golf Rd., Delafield (262) 646-7878
140 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, 414-301-5290
Beer for breakfast? Why not. Water Street Brewery does the brunch thing on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with French toast, omelets and of course, seasonal specialty beers.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
The Wicked Hop has an interesting menu which includes names like Eggs Benedict XVI, the Elvis Impersonator Fonzarelli French toast. Plus if you're in the mood for a drink, there are seven brunch drinks on the menu including the expensive and large Glass Slipper, which is the house Bloody Mary served in a 96.628-ounce German boot. Brunch is served Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
Wolf Peach offers a wide array of delicious brunch items from savory to sweet, including corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, vegetable stir fry, smothered buttermilk waffle, a variety of wood-fired pizzas, and more! Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
231 S. 2nd St., (414) 271-5555
Zak's Cafe, located in a renovated building in Walker's Point, serves breakfast and lunch everyday until 3 p.m. Try the sweet potato hash, lobster benedict, brioche French toast and more. Are you not feeling like dining in? The cafe offers daily pickup service.
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